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U.S. jobs to increase 10.8 percent by 2022, labor growth to slow

By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of United States jobs is forecast to increase by 10.8 percent in the next decade, with fastest growth in the healthcare sector as it serves an aging population. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment projections for 2012 to 2022 released on Thursday said the United States will see nearly 16 million jobs added in that decade.

US jobless claims rise for second week in row

First-time claims for US unemployment benefits rose for the second consecutive week last week, hitting a nine-month high during the year-end holiday season, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, rose to 379,000 in the week ending December 14 from a revised 369,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said. The last time claims were near that level was in late March. The increase surprised analysts, who had expected claims to fall to 333,000 last week. A year ago, claims totaled 366,000.

Court rules regular bonuses part of 'ordinary wage'

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top court ruled Wednesday regular bonuses paid to workers constitute "ordinary wages," siding with labor in a prolonged dispute over its scope. Establishing a final guideline on the controversial issue, the Supreme Court recognized that regular bonuses paid at intervals exceeding one month should also be included in calculating ordinary wage. "The amount of paid bonuses vary depending on the employment period, but such bonuses are part of ordinary wage when paid out regularly and uniformly," the court said in its ruling.

Court rules regular bonuses part of 'ordinary wage'

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top court ruled Wednesday regular bonuses paid to workers constitute "ordinary wages," siding with labor in a prolonged dispute over its scope. Establishing a final guideline on the controversial issue, the Supreme Court recognized that regular bonuses paid at intervals exceeding one month should also be included in calculating ordinary wage. "The amount of paid bonuses vary depending on the employment period, but such bonuses are part of ordinary wage when paid out regularly and uniformly," the court said in its ruling.

British crackdown on EU migrant benefits begins on January 1

A British crackdown on "benefit tourism" will begin on January 1 when migrants from the European Union will be banned from claiming unemployment handouts until three months after arrival, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday. Cameron said the move, part of a package of immigration measures announced last month, would make Britain "a less attractive place for EU migrants who want to come here and try to live off the state".

UK rushes out welfare curbs to deter East European migrants

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he was rushing out regulations to stop migrants from the European Union being able to immediately claim welfare benefits amid public fears of an influx of Romanian and Bulgarian workers. With his Conservative party trailing in opinion polls ahead of a 2015 election and polls showing most Britons don't want the labor market to be further opened up to east European workers next year, Cameron is under pressure to act on the issue.

Temporary worker debate underscores predictions of mining labour crunch

VANCOUVER - Glen Paul still remembers his first week on the job at a copper-gold mine in British Columbia's Interior — a position, he says, he landed three years ago as a "fluke" after taking a course to operate heavy machinery. Paul says he didn't start his training with a specific plan to end up in the mining industry, but there he was at the New Afton project near Kamloops, which at the time was still two years away from full production. By his second day, he was standing underground for an orientation of the mine site.

Businesses to be asked to disclose employee turnover data when hiring

The labor ministry has decided to request businesses to disclose their employee turnover data when hiring new graduates as a way to stem abusive employment practices by so-called "black" companies, a ministry source said. A black company is a term that refers to an employer that signs up a large number of new graduates assuming many of them will quit due to harsh working conditions including extended overtime, low wages and harassment.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees sues provincial government over wage law

EDMONTON - Alberta's largest public sector union has filed a lawsuit against Premier Alison Redford's government over a new law that imposes a contract on union members. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees claims that the law violates the charter rights of workers to act collectively and also breaches their rights to liberty and security. "The deprivations of liberty and security of the person caused by Bill 46 are not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice," reads the statement of claim filed in Court of Queen's Bench Thursday.

Solid U.S. retail sales boost economic outlook

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November, adding to signs of a strengthening economy that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to reducing the pace of monetary stimulus. The upbeat picture was clouded somewhat by other data on Thursday showing the biggest jump in a year in first-time claims for jobless benefits. Economists, however, largely dismissed that report as skewed by a late Thanksgiving and other factors.
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